A Walk Near Parliament Hill: August 2020

When I was a young teenager, I worked selling popcorn, ice cream bars etc. at the long since demolished Maple Leaf Stadium; the home of the Toronto Maple Leaf Baseball Club.

On one occasion, the Prime Minister of Canada arrived with a group and I was selected to deliver hot dogs and Honey Dews to them. Afterward, John Diefenbaker presented me with a shiny silver dollar and I have been interested in Canadian history ever since.

Today, I spent an enjoyable morning strolling about our nation’s capital.

removing plant life from canal
Colonel By
Chateau Laurier Hotel
Chateau Laurier Hotel
Terry Fox
Terry Fox
Spider sculpture
National Gallery
National Gallery of Canada
National Gallery of Canada
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Ring-billed Gull
House Sparrow (female)
White Cabbage Butterfly

Some botany:

Red Oak acorns
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Wood-sorrel (Oxalis stricta)
Green Foxtail (Setaria viridis)
Mugo Pine
Mugo Pine
Bladder Campion (Silene vulgaris)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)
Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)


Summer, fall, winter, spring,
The seasons rotate as each brings
Its special beauty to this Earth of ours.
Winter’s snow and summer’s flowers;
Frozen rivers will flow come spring,
There is a renewal of everything.          – Edna Frohock (1906–97) 

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “A Walk Near Parliament Hill: August 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Wow, Miles! What a great story! And what wonderful pictures.
    I don’t think I’ve ever been as grateful to be in Canada as I am right now, with everything going on in the world. It isn’t perfect–what is? But considering…enough said. Thanks, Miles!

  2. Pina

    Very nice post, as usual.
    I have been enjoying them every day!
    Thank you.

    I have been watching a lot of US news. When I saw the pictures of the statues, I immediately thought how nice that they are still standing and are clean. (Even the pigeons have been polite with them!)


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